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Buying An Exercise Bike During Economic Trying Times

As I have mentioned in prior blog posts, an exercise bike really helps during the recuperation process after a total knee replacement. Brand new, though, they can cost a pretty penny. How can you get around breaking your budget? Well , there are a variety of places to find good/great deals without seeing your bank account dwindle. I’ve tried them, so I know they work. Hope they work for you. 🙂

Thrift stores. Check these regularly. You never know what you’ll find. A friend purchased an upright exercise bike in excellent condition. It was $15. Just be sure to try it out before buying it to make certain it’s in good working condition. (This applies irregardless of where you buy a used one).

Street/curb side. That’s right. While driving down streets, sometimes households will place their unused exercise bikes alongside the curb for pick up. Sometimes the bike will have a price sign, other times the sign may say “free”. One never knows. Keep an eye out.

Friends/Networking Contacts. How many times have you known someone with good intentions purchasing an exercise bike only to use it a short time? It happens all the time. Think of New Year’s resolutions. I know someone who has gotten rid of three upright exercise bikes this way. Every New Year she makes a resolution to exercise more. So, she buys the bike, uses it for 5 or so months, gets bored, and either sells it or gives it away. Go figure.

Bulletin boards. Retail, restaurant, and local venues usually have bulletin boards. Check these out to see if anyone has placed a notice about having an exercise bike for sale.

Craig’s List. There are great items for sale on this site. If you are lucky, the seller will live near you and can deliver the exercise bike. This makes it easy to go test the bike out, too. This is how I got my recumbent bike. It’s in excellent condition, also.

Good luck!

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  1. I got my recumbent bike for free a few weeks ago by posting on freecycle.org.

    This was a new process for me, and I hit the jackpot that very day……and it was FREE….my favorite price!

    You have to register and join the group in your area…..and then follow the rules.

    I recommend checking it out….you have nothing to lose!

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